Nor’easter: Power outage in New England after strong winds

Published on : Thursday, October 28, 2021

There are nearly 500,000 homes and businesses without electricity Wednesday after the powerful nor’easter battered the region.

Nearly 500,000 homes and businesses in New England were without electricity Wednesday after a powerful nor’easter battered the region, with winds that tore down trees and power lines, and officials warned that getting power restored could take several days.

In Massachusetts, around 448,000 customers were powerless at 6 p.m., and the state emergency management agency warned of a “multi-day power restoration effort.” Rhode Island had around 42,000 outages.

Some parts of the Massachusetts coast observed wind gusts of 80 mph or more, forecasters said. A Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 74 mph or more.

The National Weather Service in Boston warned of a “dangerous situation” near and southeast of I-95, the East Coast’s main highway.

The storm caused flooding in New York and New Jersey, where emergency services have carried out dozens of rescues.

The fire officials in Duxbury, Massachusetts, said that there was major damage and around 94 percent of the coastal town of around 15,000 had lost power.

All schools on the Cape were closed, according to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. Images and video posted on social media showed downed trees and other debris littering roads.

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